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Captain Caveman

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  1. Captain Caveman

    BRESSER 40mm Eyepiece 60 ° 5 Elements

    Just had an amazing night of viewing, not sure I'm qualified to do a full review but its an enormous amount of very clear and crisp glass for 30 Euros. Spent several hours outside with a friend, waiting for family to turn all the lights out. Used the new 40mm Bresser and 20mm as well as my BST 8mm. How much can you cram into one night? Naked eye Geminids by the dozen, I managed to find 46p with the new 40mm and got to sharpen it up to a fairly concentrated bright centre, spent ages enjoying Orion nebula through a variety of eyepieces, Pleiades too and then we tried Andromeda. My friend thought he could see a faint fuzzy patch near Cassiopeia but when looking around I couldn't find it but found a lovely double cluster. Realised we were looking in the wrong area for M31 and eventually found it and it is lovely through the 40mm which seemed to give a real sense of shape and perspective to M31. In general the stars do seem pretty sharp to the edges, the 20mm from Bresser is also very nice and crisp and certainly better than the SW plossls supplied (and only £15!) My main issue with the 40mm was the need to locate your eye in a fairly tight area to get the full view, its just a nose/ cheek balance for me but it doesn't have a long range before it kidney-beans which can be annoying but otherwise it is really nice and solidly built. Its actually the exact design on the telescope house site and not the one as shown on the Bresser site I'd say the view and experience was nicer than the view I got from my BST in both of those EPs If there are any beginners looking to build up their eyepiece selection then I'd highly recommend buying the 40mm and 20mm at the same time £45 delivered from Germany for 2 very decent EPs
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    BRESSER 40mm Eyepiece 60 ° 5 Elements

    Interestingly the picture of the EP I bought is the exact same picture as found here on the Bresser website, still selling for 129 euros, and there are strong links between, Meade, Bresser, Explore Scientific and JOC. In fact the Optical-systems website is strangely similar to the Bresser, even calculating the delivery in the same way, and the website/ shop is owned by Explore Scientific. (in fact same address as Bresser!) Anyway, I've got my fingers crossed for a 30quid gamble
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    BRESSER 40mm Eyepiece 60 ° 5 Elements

    Well seeing as there was no reason not to, I've gone and bought 2 eyepieces. Can't quite understand how they are doing such a massive discount of 77% but I've just bought the 40mm for £30 and had to get the 20mm for £15 as well - £45 for 2 60degree Bresser eyepieces, delivered! UK shops are still selling them for £130 Hope they work out well and here is the link for anyone else https://www.optical-systems.co.uk/en/Astronomy/Telescope-accessories/Eyepieces/BRESSER-40mm-Eyepiece-60-5-Elements-50-8mm-2.html who fancies a huge bargain
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    BRESSER 40mm Eyepiece 60 ° 5 Elements

    I've seen many of your posts waxing lyrical about the Panaview which is probably how it ended up top of my budget wide field list. I'd love to go to 70' or 80' but the costs seem exponential and I was only suppposed to buy the Dob as a starter and see how much use it gets, so trying to avoid spending the same again in eyepieces! Currently looking at a few items on ebay and astrobuysell, but good low mag EPs seems quite rare, and there are many mixed reviews about Revelations and Ascensions for my f6 - also looked at the Opticstar 2" XS 70' but cant find any reviews, and assuming its just a rebrand
  5. Anyone got one of these BRESSER 40mm Eyepiece 60 ° 5 Elements 2" eyepieces. Just seen a price that looks very good and wonder if it's worth getting, I had been looking at the Panaview 32mm and similar for my SW 200p, currently only have the 25mm and 10mm plossl, a Bst 8mm and I enjoy the wide field plus would like a good finder EP. I have pretty dark skies too
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    Insight into Mars by Oatmeal

    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/insight Nice comic strip about the upcoming landing of insight on Mars
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    Hello Again, S Wales

    Well I've been here before but not really posted since 2013 and barely done any stargazing. Before I was just using my binoculars and my young sons Heritage Dob, but have now gone straight for a SW Dob 200p Only had the first 2 nights clear , and think we've now got 3 weeks of cloud Next investment will probably be some better eyepieces (Just got the basic 25, 10 and 6 and moon filter) I'm in the dark sky park but in the centre of the village which may cause more problems with looking over houses than light pollution
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    Contacting Farmers

    4 - No vicious dogs
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    Astro Limericks, anyone?

    There once was man from Caerphilly Who lived near to Psychobilly He said to Orion "There is no denyin' Your sword looks a little bit silly"
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    Amazing views in Wales tonight

    Had a lovely session outside with the bins, learning a bit more of the constellations Found M33 M44 and M67, plus M81 and M82 and a nice look at the double cluster When I was looking at Jupiter I saw a shooting star I think, or a really fast bright satellite, and then saw a couple of other slow moving satellites All very nice How was the site Stevetynant?
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    Dark Sky Site - North of Brecon

    Saturday is looking promising and I may try and join you
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    Dark Sky Site - North of Brecon

    I know the road over the Eppynt, I have friends in Lower Chapel. You should get great views between Brecon and Builth, but you'll need to find a spot where car lights wont affect you as that road does get used. Don't attempt it if there is any snow or ice, even with a 4x4, it's pretty isolated out there. THe other issue is that the road goes through the army training range so you aren't supposed to go off the road, so it may be harder to find somewhere away from car lights The road is pretty windy and slow too. Tell us if you find a good layby and I'll join you!
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    Astro Limericks, anyone?

    My latest ditty is called "n+1" My scopes seem to have an omission Can't win over the wife through attrition I'll fork out a packet And put up with her racket Foregiveness is easier than permission *Optimum number of scopes =n+1 n= number of scopes you currently own
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    Astro Limericks, anyone?

    We all feel a bit of a dope When starting our first thread "Which scope?" "Go buy a huge dob And get a new job Coz you're starting a slippery slope"
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    Astro Limericks, anyone?

    Now, I have a pair of binos That I rest on the end of my nose I sit in the dark On the bench in the park And stare at the sky with the winos
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